The inspectors seek to remind shop owners of the rules, and fine those breaking them…

Abu Dhabi Municipality have launched an inspection into the emirate’s pet shops in a bid to ensure regulations are followed. Animal welfare standards not being met by the owner will face legal accountability, according to the municipality.

Inspectors are on the look out for pet shops who are selling to customers under the age of 18 without a parent present, which could land owners with a Dhs3,000 fine. They are also cracking down on any business selling a protected species, which comes with a hefty Dhs10,000 fine.

No business can abandon unsold pets and those who are caught doing so will face a Dhs2,000 fine. Equally, shops should schedule regular vet visits for their animals and those who knowingly sell unwell pets to customers can face a fine of Dhs3,000.

The hygiene levels of each pet shop are also under scrutiny, with each retailer that fails to meet the high standards being fined Dhs1,000. The implementation of these fines serve as a reminder to shop owners that pet regulations must be met at all times.

Rules and regulations do not stop with shops, as pet owners are also required to meet standards. Owners who fail to keep their dog on a lead in public will face fines between Dhs10,000 and Dhs100,000. They must also keep their animals vaccinated or face fines.

Anyone in possession of an exotic animal for trading purposes will face a fine of Dhs50,000 to Dhs500,000. Anyone who takes exotic animals such as leopards, cheetahs, snakes or spiders out in public can face six months in jail and a fine ranging between Dhs10,000 and Dhs500,000.

Only approved locations such as zoos, wildlife parks and legal breeding & research centres are entitled to keep wild or exotic animals by UAE law. Any members of the general public who know of people breaking these laws are encouraged to report them.

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Images: Abu Dhabi Municipality